July 2018


Confucius Institutes Bring China, U.S. Closer Together

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By Tom Michael

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Cover Story

The Other 'No-Nonsense' President
In Philippines Stirs Up Outrage, Praise


With a penchant for profanity and outrageous remarks on everything from Viagra to Hitler, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has been described as the Donald Trump of the East. But Ambassador Jose Manuel "Babe" Romualdez defends his famously un-PC president as a man of the people who gets things done. Read More

Also see: New Philippine Rare Disease Act Could Serve as Model for Asia

People of World Influence

Former Ambassador McFaul Talks
U.S.-Russia Relations and 'Hot Peace'

a1.powi.mcfaul.hot.peace.book.homeMichael McFaul, the former U.S. ambassador to Moscow, spearheaded President Obama's famed (and failed) reset with Russia, only to encounter the full brunt of the Kremlin's wrath. While he does not foresee a return to the Cold War, McFaul warns that we're entering into a new hot war with Russia. Read More

The Transatlantic Rupture

Trump's Transactional Realpolitik
Alienates America's European Allies

a2.eu.tariffs.trump.steel.homePresident Trump's "America First" agenda seems to be putting allies like France and Germany last, as his transactional view of world affairs takes a wrecking-ball approach to the post-World War II architecture that the U.S. and Europe built. Read More

'Transactional Conflict'

Op-Ed: U.S.-China Rivalry Could
Shape New Sino-American Cold War

a3.china.money.zedong.homeAmid the current trade showdown with Donald Trump, China might be able to avoid a devastating trade war in the short term, but the long-term trajectory of Sino-American relations will be characterized by escalating tension, and potentially even a full-blown cold war. Read More

When a Child Is Taken

Consular Corps Holds Mock Trail
On International Child Abductions

a4.hague.gavel.homeThe aim of the mock trial was to provide the audience of diplomats and State Department officials with a better understanding of how the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction is supposed to work. Read More

Nordic Vantage Point

Op-Ed: Public, Private Sectors Must
Cooperate to Manage Next Pandemic

a6.nordic.ebola.condo.homeThe effects of pandemics are devastating on human lives and development. This is not just a health issue but also an economic issue — and a security issue. We therefore need to invest in better tools, effective early detection and a more robust global response system. Read More


Rising Rates of Young Americans
Diagnosed with Colon Cancer

a7.medical.colon.cancer.homeFor years, the American Cancer Society (ACS) and other medical groups have advised people at average risk of colon and rectal cancer to begin screening at age 50. But the ACS is now changing that advice — a shift largely driven by the fact that colorectal cancers are increasingly being diagnosed in younger Americans. Read More


Former Ambassador McFaul Talks U.S.-Russia Relations and ‘Hot Peace’

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By Aileen Torres-Bennett

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Trump’s Transactional Realpolitik Alienates America’s European Allies

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By Aileen Torres-Bennett and Anna Gawel

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Op-Ed: U.S.-China Rivalry Could Shape New Sino-American Cold War

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By by Minxin Pei

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Consular Corps of D.C. Holds Mock Trial to Shed Light on International Child Abductions

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By Karin Zeitvogel

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The Other ‘No-Nonsense’ President in Philippines Stirs Up Outrage, Praise

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By Larry Luxner

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Sidebar: New Philippine Rare Disease Act Could Serve as Model for Asia

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By Larry Luxner

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Op-Ed: Public, Private Sectors Must Work Together to Manage Next Pandemic

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By Norwegian Ambassador Kåre R. Aas

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As More Young Americans Diagnosed with Colon Cancer, New Guidelines Lower Screening Age to 45

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By Amy Norton

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Imbibe in Style with an Array of Drink Options in D.C. Hotel Bars

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By Stephanie Kanowitz

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By The People Pursues Ideals, Innovations in New Citywide Festival

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By Mackenzie Weinger

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Indonesian Wife, a Career Diplomat, Talks Tolerance, Raising Son and Rock Music

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By Gail Scott

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From Bread to Fire, 2018 Folklife Festival Offers Taste of Armenia and Catalonia

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By Mackenzie Weinger

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At Argentine Embassy, Photographer and Painter Collaborate to Create New Vision

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By Nicole Schaller

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‘Dave’ at Arena Stage Shows a More Genteel, Feel-Good Side of Politics

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By Lisa Troshinsky

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‘Constructing MEXICO68’ Reflects on Lasting Legacy of 1968 Olympics

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By Kate Oczypok

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Films - July 2018

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Colour of the Game

Directed by Kam Ka-wai
(Hong Kong, 2017, 104 min.)

Simon Yam stars in this underworld drama as Wallace, a veteran gang member given the job of bumping off the spoiled son of a mob patriarch. When Wallace and his gang are ambushed during the job, he realizes that the whole thing was a setup and sets out to find the mole who betrayed him.

Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., July 15, 2 p.m.

Concerto of the Butterfly

Directed by Fung Chih-Chiang
(Hong Kong, 2017, 95 min.)

A street punk kidnaps the girlfriend of a rising pop star — only to discover that she is the one and only Hit Girl, an internet singing sensation. Captive on a remote fishing boat, she tries to pass the time and calm her captor through music lessons.

Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., July 22, 2 p.m.

Our Time Will Come

Directed by Ann Hui
(China/Hong Kong, 2017, 130 min.)

One of "China's cinematic treasures" (The New York Times), this award-winning film brings to life the resistance movement that arose when Japan occupied the island during World War II. Its story centers on legendary revolutionary Fang Lan, as she changes from humble schoolteacher to a leader in the movement (Cantonese and Japanese).

Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., July 29, 2 p.m.


Directed by Wilson Yip
(Hong Kong/China, 2017, 99 min.)

Louis Koo plays a widower battling his way through the Thai underworld to find his kidnapped daughter. His ferocious fight scenes take full advantage of the film's seedy seaside locale (Cantonese, English and Thai).

Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., July 20, 7 p.m.

Shock Wave

Directed by Herman Yau
(Hong Kong/China, 2017, 118 min.)

In one of 2017's biggest hits in Hong Kong, Andy Lau stars as JS Cheung, a bomb disposal expert who is thrown into the biggest job of his career when a maniac wires the city's massive Cross-Harbour Tunnel to explode — an attempt to avenge his brother's imprisonment at JS's hands years before.

Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., July 13, 7 p.m.

Zombiology: Enjoy Yourself Tonight

Directed by Alan Lo
(Hong Kong, 2017, 107 min.)

Inspired by a cult novel, this film sets a pack of ne'er-do-wells and slackers against hordes of hungry undead, created by a giant stuffed chicken whose eggs cause people's head to explode.

Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., July 27, 7 p.m.



American Animals

Directed by Bart Layton
(U.K./U.S., 2018, 116 min.)

"American Animals" is the unbelievable but entirely true story of four young men who attempt to execute one of the most audacious art heists in U.S. history.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Landmark's E Street Cinema

Book Club

Directed by Bill Holderman
(U.S., 2018, 104 min.)

Four lifelong friends have their lives forever changed after reading "50 Shades of Grey" in their monthly book club.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema


Directed by David and Nathan Zeller
(U.S., 2018, 113 min.)

In the Wild West, an affluent pioneer ventures across the American frontier to marry the love of his life. As his group traverses the west, the once-simple journey grows treacherous, blurring the lines between hero, villain and damsel.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Dark Money

Directed by Kimberly Reed
(U.S., 2018, 99 min.)

This political thriller examines one of the greatest present threats to American democracy: the influence of untraceable corporate money on our elections and elected officials. The film takes viewers to Montana — a frontline in the fight to preserve fair elections nationwide — to follow an intrepid local journalist working to expose the real-life impacts of the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision.

Landmark's Theatres
Opens Fri., July 20

The Death of Stalin

Directed by Armando Iannucci
(U.K./Canada/France/Belgium, 2018, 107 min.)

Moscow, 1953: when tyrannical dictator Joseph Stalin drops dead, his parasitic cronies square off in a frantic power struggle to be the next Soviet leader in this uproarious, wickedly irreverent satire.

West End Cinema

Eating Animals

Directed by Christopher Dillon Quinn
(U.K./India/Germany/China/U.S., 2018, 94 min.)

How much do you know about the food that's on your plate? Based on the bestselling book by Jonathan Safran Foer and narrated by co-producer Natalie Portman, "Eating Animals" is an urgent, eye-opening look at the environmental, economic and public health consequences of factory farming.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Landmark's E Street Cinema

First Reformed

Directed by Paul Schrader
(U.S., 2018, 108 min.)

Reverend Ernst Toller is a solitary, middle-aged parish pastor at a small Dutch Reform church in upstate New York on the cusp of celebrating its 250th anniversary. When a pregnant parishioner asks him to counsel her husband, a radical environmentalist, the clergyman finds himself plunged into his own tormented past, and equally despairing future, until he finds redemption in an act of grandiose violence.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Landmark's E Street Cinema

Generation Wealth

Directed by Lauren Greenfield
(U.S., 2018, 106 min.)

Acclaimed photographer and filmmaker Lauren Greenfield puts the pieces of her life's work together for in an incendiary investigation into the pathologies that have created the richest society the world has ever seen.

Landmark's Cinema
Opens Fri., July 27

Isle of Dogs

Directed by Wes Anderson
(U.S./Germany, 2018, 101 min.)

This animated adventure follows Atari Kobayashi, a 12-year-old ward to corrupt Mayor Kobayashi. When, by executive decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump called Trash Island, Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior-Turbo Prop and flies across the river in search of his bodyguard-dog.

West End Cinema

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Directed by J.A. Bayona
(Spain/U.S., 2018, 128 min.)

It's been three years since theme park and luxury resort Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment. When the island's dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen and Claire reunite to mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event.

Angelika Mosaic
Angelika Pop-U
Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

Leave No Trace

Directed by Debra Granik
(U.S., 2018, 109 min.)

A father and his 13-year-old daughter are living in an ideal existence in a vast urban park in Portland, Oregon, when a small mistake derails their lives forever.

Angelika Mosaic
Opens Fri., July 6


Directed by Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui
(U.K., 2018, 111 min.)

Alexander McQueen's rags-to-riches story is a modern-day fairy tale, laced with the gothic. Mirroring the savage beauty, boldness and vivacity of his design, this documentary is an intimate revelation of his McQueen's own world, both tortured and inspired.

Angelika Mosaic
Opens Fri., July 27


Directed by Christina Choe
(U.S., 2018, 87 min.)

A lonely 35-year-old becomes increasingly convinced she was kidnapped as a child. When she meets a couple whose daughter went missing 30 years ago, reasonable doubts give way to willful belief.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Ocean's 8

Directed by Gary Ross
(U.S., 2018, 105 min.)

Every con has its pros. Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) gathers a crew of eight women to attempt an impossible heist at New York City's yearly Met Gala in this suspenseful and humorous criminal adventure.

Angelika Mosaic
Angelika Pop-U
Atlantic Plumbing Cinema
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema


Directed by Julie Cohen and Betsy West
(U.S., 2018, 97 min.)

At the age of 84, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But without a definitive Ginsburg biography, the unique personal journey of this diminutive, quiet warrior's rise to the nation's highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans—until now.

Angelika Mosaic
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinem
Landmark's E Street Cinema

Sicario: Day of the Soldado

Directed by Stefano Sollima
(U.S./Italy, 2018, 122 min.)

In the drug war, there are no rules — and as the cartels have begun trafficking terrorists across the U.S. border, federal agent Matt Graver calls on the mysterious Alejandro, whose family was murdered by a cartel kingpin, to escalate the war in nefarious ways.

Angelika Mosaic
Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist

Directed by Lorna Tucker
(U.K., 2018, 83 min.)

This intimate and inspiring portrait showcases Dame Vivienne Westwood — punk rock's Grande Dame, agent provocateur, doyenne of British fashion, eco-activist and one of the most influential cultural originators in recent history.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Won't You Be My Neighbor?

Directed by Morgan Neville
(U.S., 2018, 94 min.)

For over 30 years, Fred Rogers, an unassuming minister, puppeteer, writer and producer, was beamed daily into homes across America. In his beloved television program, "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," Fred and his cast of puppets and friends spoke directly to young children about some of life's weightiest issues, in a simple, direct fashion.

AFI Silver Theatre
Angelika Mosaic
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Landmark's E Street Cinema

The Worker's Cup

Directed by Adam Sobel
(Qatar, 2018, 92 min.)

Inside Qatar's labor camps, African and Asian migrant workers building the facilities of the 2022 World Cup compete in a football tournament of their own.

Angelika Pop-Up

The Yakuza

Directed by Sydney Pollack
(U.S./Japan, 1974, 112 min.)

Former private-eye Harry Kilmer (Robert Mitchum) knows a lot about Japan — and the gangsters who keep an iron grip on its gambling, prostitution and protection rackets. And he knows there's one thing powerful mobsters respect: greater power.

AFI Silver Theatre
Tue., July 3, 4:45 p.m.,
Wed., July 4, 4:45 p.m.


Le Cercle Rouge
(The Red Circle)

Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville
(France/Italy, 1970, 140 min.)

The random trajectories of three men takes on the weight of existential fate as Alain Delon, just out of the slammer, starts settling scores; prisoner Gian Maria Volontè escapes custody of a police officer and makes a daring escape from a moving train; and alcoholic ex-cop Yves Montand momentarily regains his pride and sobriety when called upon to perform as a professional, even if this time it's in a criminal enterprise.

AFI Silver Theatre
Mon., July 2, 2 p.m.,
Tue., July 3, 2 p.m.

Un Flic
(A Cop)

Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville
(France/Italy, 1972, 98 min.)

Richard Crenna is a Parisian nightclub proprietor with a booming sideline in robbery and gangsterism. Alain Delon is a police detective who frequents Crenna's night spot, to keep tabs on the suspicious coming and goings, and to make time with Crenna's alluring mistress, Catherine Deneuve.

AFI Silver Theatre
Mon., July 2, 7 p.m.,
Thu., July 5, 7 p.m.

The Guardians

Directed by Xavier Beauvois
(Switzerland/France, 2018, 138 min.)

An affecting human drama of love, loss and resilience unfolds against the backdrop of World War I as the women of the Paridier farm, under the deft hand of Hortense, the family's matriarch, must grapple with the workload while the men, including two sons, are off at the front.

West End Cinema



A German Youth
(Une Jeunesse Allemande)

Directed by Jean-Gabriel Périot
(France/Switzerland/Germany, 2015, 93 min.)

In the 1960s, the conflict between the state and the Red Army Faction caused major turmoil in Germany. It not only led to an increase of violence in the population, but also to a war in media coverage. In his first feature-length film, the French director Jean-Gabriel Périot shows the different perspectives of the film scene of the era by placing archival material in a cinematic montage alongside clips from movies and documentaries (German, French and English).

Wed., July 11, 6:30 p.m.

My Name Is Victoria

Directed by Sebastian Schipper
(Germany, 2014-15, 140 min.)

"My Name Is Victoria" pulls viewers into a unique adventure. In a single take, a group of would-be tough guys and a young Spanish woman wind their way through a long Berlin night.

Fri., July 27, 6:30 p.m.


The Cakemaker

Directed by Ofir Raul Graizer
(Israel/Germany, 2017, 104 min.)

Thomas, a young and talented German baker, is having an affair with Oren, an Israeli married man who dies in a car crash. Thomas travels to Jerusalem seeking answers. Keeping his secret for himself, he starts working for Anat, his lover's widow, who owns a small café. Although not fully kosher and despised by the religious, his delicious cakes turn the place into a city attraction (Hebrew, German and English).

Landmark's Theatres
Opens Fri., July 6



Under the Tree

Directed by Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson
(Iceland/France, 2018, 89 min.)

A man accused of adultery and forced to move in with his parents. While he fights for custody of his 4-year-old daughter, he is gradually sucked into a dispute between his parents and their neighbors over an old and beautiful tree. What starts as a typical spat between suburban neighbors unexpectedly and violently reaches a boiling point, soon spiraling out of control.

West End Cinema
Opens Fri., July 13


Sansho the Bailiff

Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi
(Japan, 1954, 124 min.)

When an idealistic governor disobeys the reigning feudal lord, he is cast into exile, and his wife and children are left to fend for themselves in this monumental, empathetic expression of human resilience in the face of evil.

Freer Gallery of Art
Wed., July 11, 2 p.m.



Directed by Ingmar Bergman
(Sweden, 1945, 93 min.)

A small-town piano teacher is shocked by the arrival of her foster daughter's real mother, whose young lover soon follows and causes further disruption.

National Gallery of Art
Sat., July 7, 2:30 p.m.

Frenzy (Torment)

Directed by Alf Sjöberg
(Sweden, 1944, 101 min.)

This film charts the ill-fated romance between painfully adolescent Jan-Erik and older, alcoholic widow-turned-hooker Bertha, whose lover is Jan-Erik's sadistic Latin teacher "Caligula" (Swedish and Latin).

National Gallery of Art
Sat., July 7, 12:30 p.m.

To Joy

Directed by Ingmar Bergman
(Sweden, 1950, 98 min.)

Two violinists playing in the same orchestra fall in love and get married, but they fail to synchronize in real life.

National Gallery of Art
Sat., July 28, 2 p.m.

Music in Darkness

Directed by Ingmar Bergman
(Sweden, 1963, 87 min.)

When aspiring pianist Bengt is blinded in an accident, he loses the familiar comforts of his life. Despite his anguish, music restores him, bringing him closer to the lower-class Ingrid.

National Gallery of Art
Sat., July 14, 4 p.m.

Port of Call

Directed by Ingmar Bergman
(Sweden, 1963, 100 min.)

A suicidal factory girl out of reformatory school, anxious to escape her overbearing mother, falls in love with a sailor who can't forgive her past (Swedish and German).

National Gallery of Art
Sun., July 15, 4 p.m.


Directed by Ingmar Bergman
(Sweden, 1949, 79 min.)

A movie director is approached by his old math teacher with a great movie idea: the Devil declares that the Earth is hell. The director rejects the idea, but subsequent events in the life of a writer and a young prostitute he loves seem to prove the math teacher's idea (screens with "Thirst").

National Gallery of Art
Sun., July 22, 4 p.m.

It Rains on Our Love

Directed by Ingmar Bergman
(Sweden, 1946, 95 min.)

Two strangers with troubled pasts meet in a train station, spend a night together, and decide to start a new life, but their idyll is interrupted when they are forced to confront the coldly repressive society around them.

National Gallery of Art
Sat., July 7, 4:30 p.m.

Secrets of Women (Waiting Women)

Directed by Ingmar Bergman
(Sweden, 1961, 107 min.)

n a summer house in the Stockholm archipelago, three wives recount an adventure from their marriages while awaiting their husbands' return (Swedish and French).

National Gallery of Art
Sun., July 29, 4 p.m.

A Ship to India

Directed by Ingmar Bergman
(Sweden, 1949, 98 min.)

Sailor Johannes Blom returns to his homeport, after seven years at sea, to find that Sally, the girl he has been thinking of while away, is completely despondent in this fractured ménage à quatre.

National Gallery of Art
Sat., July 14, 2 p.m.

Summer Interlude

Directed by Ingmar Bergman
(Sweden, 1954, 96 min.)

A ballet dancer recalls a relationship she once had during an idyllic Swedish summer and the poignant aftermath of her loss of this love.

National Gallery of Art
Sat., July 28, 4 p.m.

Thirst (Three Strange Loves)

Directed by Ingmar Bergman
(Sweden, 1949, 88 min.)

The rarely screened "Thirst," an early Bergman milestone, was one of the first works to demonstrate his trademark delving into the human spirit. Adapted from short stories by actress Birgit Tengroth, the plot follows a failing marriage but focuses principally on the inner torments of a trio of female characters damaged by past liaisons (screens with "Prison").

National Gallery of Art
Sun., July 22, 4 p.m.


Events - July 2018

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July 1 to Nov. 25

Water, Wind, and Waves: Marine Paintings from the Dutch Golden Age

The Dutch rose to greatness from the riches of the sea. During the 17th century, water was central to their economic and naval successes, but was also a source of pleasure and enjoyment. This exhibition explores the deep, multifaceted relationship the Dutch had with the water, including their gratitude for the sea’s bounty and their fear of its sometimes destructive power. 

National Gallery of Art

July 6 to 30

City, Unfamiliar Landscape: Works by Three Korean Contemporary Artists

This group exhibition showcases painting and mixed media works that reexamine the evolving, complex urban spaces that are home to an increasing number of people worldwide, by three contemporary Korean artists. Presenting about 30 works of unique technique and visual expression, these three artists share a common theme of the city as a communally owned space that is also a haven for individual lives.

Korean Cultural Center

Through July 8

Hung Liu in Print

This spotlight exhibition features 16 prints and a tapestry by painter and printmaker Hung Liu that invites viewers to explore the relationship between Liu’s multi-layered paintings and the palpable, physical qualities of her works on paper. Her multifaceted body of work probes the human condition and confronts issues of culture, identity and personal and national history.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

Through July 8

Cézanne Portraits

Bringing together some 60 examples drawn from collections around the world, this is the first exhibition devoted to the famed post-impressionist’s portraits. The revelatory exhibition provides the first full visual account of Paul Cézanne’s portrait practice, exploring the pictorial and thematic characteristics of his works in the genre, the chronological development of his style and method, and the range and influence of his sitters.

National Gallery of Art

Through July 8

Transformers: New Contemporary Latin American Sculpture by Darío Escobar and Patrick Hamilton

The conceptual sculptures on display in this exhibition explore similar themes through each artist’s distinct aesthetic and thought process. Separately and together, Darío Escobar of Guatemala and Patrick Hamilton of Chile share a penchant for using common materials such as rubber tires, metal fencing, spackling knives and soccer balls. Lightly treated and often simply rearranged or reordered, Escobar and Hamilton’s found objects are transformed from commercial products into newly aestheticized artworks that also provide ideological critiques of globalization and its effects.

OAS Art Museum of the Americas

Through July 9

Vanishing Traditions: Textiles and Treasures from Southwest China

For centuries, minority cultures in southwest China have donned elaborate textiles, jewelry, and accessories for community celebrations. Dazzling festival costumes new to the museum’s collections explore traditions now endangered by modernization.

The George Washington University Textile Museum

Through July 13


Franco Lippi and Luis Falduti use photography to temporally expose the enigmatic layers of Lippi’s paintings to disclose its hidden messages. The aim of these two artists is to re-enact the complete chain of events in which a painter and a photographer collaborate, creating two separate bodies of work, each from his own point of view, that still allows both to reveal the essence of the other.

Embassy of Argentina

July 15 to Jan. 6, 2019

Sense of Humor

Humor may be fundamental to human experience, but its expression in painting and sculpture has been limited. Instead, prints, as the most widely distributed medium, and drawings, as the most private, have been the natural vehicles for comic content. Drawn from the National Gallery of Art’s collection, this exhibition celebrates this incredibly rich though easily overlooked tradition through works including Renaissance caricatures, biting English satires, and 20th-century comics. 

National Gallery of Art

July 20 to Nov. 25

Bound to Amaze: Inside a Book-Collecting Career

Curator Emerita Krystyna Wasserman assembled NMWA’s collection of more than 1,000 artists’ books over a 30-year period. This focus exhibition celebrates her vision and features 20 notable artists’ books from the museum’s expansive collection.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

Through July 29

40th Anniversary Exhibition of the Washington Calligraphers Guild

Visitors encouraged to mine ideas expressed through surrealism and the work of surrealist poets as inspiration. This is a complement to “Visions” on the second floor, in which four artists blend realistic components with fantastical elements and imagery, creating distinct and dream-like environments.

Music Center at Strathmore

Through July 29

To Dye for: Ikats from Central Asia

With their brilliant designs, ikats are among the most distinct fabrics produced in Central Asia. Not surprisingly, ikats caught the attention of contemporary designers, most notably Oscar de la Renta. This exhibition brings together about 30 of the finest historical Central Asian ikat hangings and coats from the Freer|Sackler collections, as well as seven of Oscar de la Renta’s iconic creations, to explore the original use and function of these dazzling fabrics and the enduring appeal of their extraordinary designs.

Freer Gallery of Art

Through Aug. 5

Do Ho Suh: Almost Home

Korean-born Do Ho Suh (b. 1962) is internationally renowned for his immersive, architectural fabric sculptures that explore the global nature of contemporary identity. “Do Ho Suh: Almost Home” will transform the museum's galleries through Suh’s captivating installations, which recreate to scale several of his former homes from around the world. Through these works, Suh investigates the nature of home and memory and the impact of migration and displacement on an individual’s sense of self.

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Through Aug. 5

The Prince and the Shah: Royal Portraits from Qajar Iran

In our age of social media and selfies, it may be difficult to grasp the importance of painted portraits and studio photographs in 19th-century Iran. During this time, known as the Qajar era, rulers such as Fath-Ali Shah, a contemporary of Napoleon, and Nasir al-Din Shah, a contemporary of Queen Victoria, used portraiture to convey monarchical power and dynastic grandeur. Through a selection of about thirty works from the Freer and Sackler collections, this exhibition explores how Persian artists transformed modes of representing royalty and nobility.

Freer Gallery of Art

Through Aug. 5

Sharing Images: Renaissance Prints into Maiolica and Bronze

Inspired by the acquisition of the important William A. Clark maiolica (glazed Italian ceramics) collection from the Corcoran Gallery of Art, this exhibition brings together some 90 objects to highlight the impact of Renaissance prints on maiolica and bronze plaquettes, the two media most dramatically influenced by the new technology of image replication.

National Gallery of Art

Through Aug. 10

Intimate Cartographies: An Approach to Interpersonal Relationships

This contemporary photography features outstanding artists from OAS member states Argentina, Chile, Mexico and Venezuela, as well as OAS permanent observer states Italy and Spain. Cartography and photography are similar in that they both originate from a natural reality. But this representation is not exact; it is subjective. The images in this exhibition hold a subtle informative quality, closely connected with the lyrical documentation of Walker Evans, “where many of his landscapes were not documented but created by him.”

Art Museum of the Americas F Street Gallery

Through Aug. 10

A New League: Shared Pastimes and the Story of U.S.-Japan Baseball

To celebrate the 2018 Major League Baseball All-Star Game coming to D.C. this summer, the Japanese Embassy presents an exhibit that celebrates the bonds between the U.S. and Japan forged through the game of baseball. Featuring baseball-related historical objects and artifacts from Japan, the exhibition will trace the history of the sport in Japan, from its introduction and rapid transformation into Japan’s national sport, as well as explore the fascinating history of sports exchange and “baseball diplomacy” between Japan and the U.S. — avenues of contact that have fostered friendship, goodwill, and reconciliation between the two nations.

Japan Information & Culture Center

Through Aug. 12

Does the Body Rule the Mind, or Does the Mind Rule the Body?

“Does the body” is the museum’s first live performance exhibition, introducing the newest generation of American artists who blend the avant-garde legacy of performance art with pop culture, presented together for the first time.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Through Aug. 12

Ralph Steadman: A Retrospective

Celebrating the career of one of Britain’s most important graphic artists of the last 50 years, this collection of more than 100 original artworks will take viewers on a journey through Ralph Steadman’s wide-ranging career, from sketches created in the 1950s, to book illustrations, to present-day work. Steadman is famous for his long collaboration with the writer Hunter S. Thompson, most notably providing the illustrations for “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” and helping to create what has since become known as “Gonzo” journalism.

American University Museum

Through Aug. 15

Mayas: Spaces of Memory

Documenting Mayan sites throughout Mexico, photographer Javier Hinojosa clearly and forcefully reflects the intimate relationship that exists between the jungle and the Mayas. Over the centuries the Mayas populated, developed and tamed the jungle, leaving behind a vast visual record of their historical and archeological legacy. In the process, they experienced an enormous amount of change, developing from tiny agricultural communities and the first regional centers of power to eventually becoming masters of politics, war and the jungle

Mexican Cultural Institute

Through Aug. 15

Tomb of Christ

Be virtually transported to Jerusalem and discover the fascinating history of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in an immersive 3-D experience unlike anything you’ve seen in a museum before. Groups will be able to virtually visit the church and learn about its storied history and enduring mysteries.

National Geographic

Through Aug. 24

1968: A Time of Uproar in Europe and the U.S.

Riots in Washington, D.C., violent protests in Berlin, a national strike in Paris and the brutal end of the Prague Spring: The year of 1968 was shaped by protest movements and an atmosphere of massive change. On the 50th anniversary of the protests, the Goethe-Institut highlights these historic events with a photo exhibition, offering a view into the movements in these four major cities.


Through Aug. 24

In the Library: The Richter Archive at 75

In celebration of the 1943 arrival of the George M. Richter Archive of Illustrations on Art — the founding collection of 60,000 photographs that formed the nucleus of the department of image collections — this installation presents the history and development of the photographic archives of the National Gallery of Art.

National Gallery of Art

Through Aug. 31

Constructing Mexico68

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the first Latin American Olympic games, this exhibit takes audiences through a simple and concrete exploration of the sporting venues built for the 1968 Mexico City Summer Olympics and their constant connection to design and urban art. The development of competition sites for the Olympics’ diverse sporting disciplines required not only the adaptation of existing structures, but also the rapid construction of new, modern and functional facilities. In these new spaces, it was possible to implement the use of an applied architecture that met both the needs of the audience and the functional requirements of each sporting event that occupied it.

Mexican Cultural Institute

Through Sept. 3

World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean

The first major traveling exhibition dedicated to the arts of the Swahili coast reveals the diverse interchanges that break down barriers between Africa and Asia in a space that physically connects the Smithsonian’s African and Asian art museums. The Swahili coast, where East Africa meets the Indian Ocean, has long been a significant cultural, diplomatic and commercial intersection for Africa, Asia and Europe for millennia. “World on the Horizon” offers audiences an unprecedented opportunity to view over 160 artworks brought together from public and private collections from four continents.

National Museum of African Art

Through Sept. 9

Marking the Infinite: Contemporary Women Artists from Aboriginal Australia

Approximately 60 works, drawn from the collection of Miami-based collectors and philanthropists Debra and Dennis Scholl, spotlight nine leading Aboriginal Australian women artists. The artists are from remote Aboriginal communities across Australia, and the subjects of their art are broad, yet each work is an attempt to grapple with fundamental questions of existence, asking us to slow down and pay attention to the natural world.

The Phillips Collection

Through Sept. 16

Baselitz: Six Decades

The first major U.S. retrospective in more than 20 years of Georg Baselitz, one of Germany’s greatest living artists, marks the artist’s 80th birthday. With more than 100 works, including iconic paintings, works on paper, and wood and bronze sculptures, highlighting every phase of Baselitz’s six-decade career from the 1950s to today, this milestone exhibition features work never before seen in the U.S. and cements Baselitz’s reputation as one of the most original and inventive figurative artists of his generation. 

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Through Sept. 16

Heavy Metal – Women to Watch 2018

Over 50 works made from silver, copper, bronze, pewter, aluminum and more highlight contemporary women artists working with a variety of metals and techniques to create pieces such as wall-size installations, exquisite jewelry and reinventions of familiar objects.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

Through Sept. 23

Form and Function: The Genius of the Book

Dive deep into one of the world’s greatest technologies: the book. Discover a history beyond what’s printed on the page, seen in the structure, craftsmanship and beauty of this often-overlooked marvel. 

Folger Shakespeare Library

Through Nov. 12

Mark Bradford: Pickett’s Charge

For his first solo exhibition in D.C., acclaimed artist Mark Bradford debuts a monumental site-specific commission inspired by Paul Philippoteaux’s 1883 cyclorama depicting the Battle of Gettysburg. Covering the curved walls of the Hirshhorn’s Third Level Inner Circle, “Pickett’s Charge” presents 360 degrees of abstracted historical narrative.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Through Dec. 25

Visionary: Viewpoints on Africa’s Arts

More than 300 works of art from the museum’s permanent collection are on view within this exhibition. Working in media as diverse as wood, ceramics, drawing, jewelry, mixed media, sculpture, painting, photography, printmaking, and video, these works of art reflect the visionary ideas and styles developed by men and women from more than half of Africa’s 55 nations. The installation is organized around seven viewpoints, each of which serve to frame and affect the manner in which African art is experienced.

National Museum of African Art

Through Jan. 6, 2019

Trevor Paglen: Sites Unseen

Trevor Paglen is an award-winning artist whose work blurs the lines between art, science and investigative journalism to construct unfamiliar and at times unsettling ways to see and interpret the world. This is the first exhibition to present Paglen’s early photographic series alongside his recent sculptural objects and new work with artificial intelligence.

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Through Jan. 13, 2019

Fabergé Rediscovered

Designed to delight and surprise, the treasures created by the firm of Carl Fabergé have inspired admiration and intrigue for over a century, both for their remarkable craftsmanship and the captivating stories that surround them. The fascination with Fabergé continues to uncover new discoveries about the storied jeweler to the tsars and his remarkable creations. This exhibit unveils recent research and explore how the 2014 discovery of a long-lost imperial Easter egg prompted new findings about Hillwood’s own collection. 

Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens

Through Jan. 21, 2019

No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man

Each year in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, a city of more than 70,000 people rises out of the dust for a single week. During that time, enormous experimental art installations are erected and many are ritually burned to the ground. Cutting-edge artwork created at Burning Man, the annual desert gathering that is one of the most influential events in contemporary art and culture, will be exhibited in the nation’s capital for the first time this spring.

Renwick Gallery



Mon., July 16, 6:45 p.m.

Making Sense of Climate Change

Meet the first discoverers of human-induced climate change and understand how greenhouse gases cause temperature changes around the globe. Explore why Americans are so divided in their views on climate change as scientist Bert Drake follows the path from climate-change skepticism in the 20th century to denial in the 21st (session one of a three-session evening course). Tickets are $45; for information, visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center

Mon., July 23, 6:45 p.m.

Tesla: The Man, the Mystery and the Inventor of the Modern

Nikola Tesla (1856-1943) was a magnificently bizarre genius. He was strikingly handsome and impeccably dressed; he was germophobic and never shook hands. In his later years, he only ate white food and conversed with pigeons. Tesla, a Serbian immigrant, invented the radio, the induction motor, the neon lamp and the remote control. But his strange persona kept getting in his way. Drawing on his new book, Richard Munson shines a light on the man behind the legend. Tickets are $30; for information, visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center

Thu., July 26, 6:45 p.m.

World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech

Franklin Foer, national correspondent at The Atlantic, sits down with Melissa Chiu, director of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, for a discussion about the vexing issues posed by the growing power of “big technology.” Together they explore the tension between technology and privacy with which everyone who has a digital life has to deal. Tickets are $30; for information, visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center



Fri., July 6, 6 p.m.


Winners of the 2016 City of Barcelona Award, vocalist Maria Arnal and guitarist Marcel Bagés beautifully blend old and new sounds together.

Kennedy Center Millennium Stage

Sun., July 8, 5 to 8 p.m.

An Evening with Gourmet Symphony: Musical World’s Fare at the Arts and Industries Building

Enjoy a night of fine cuisine, wine and music with Gourmet Symphony in the historic Arts and Industries Building. After the Centennial Exposition of 1876 in Philadelphia — the first World’s Fair held in America —  many of its displays were donated to the Smithsonian, and some of the proceeds from the exposition were used to build the structure. Inspired by that historic connection, both the menu and the program celebrate the intersection of ethnic backgrounds. Tickets are $225; for information, visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.

Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building

Fri., July 18, 8 p.m.


Hailing from Colombia, this Latin superstar leaves audiences roaring with praise night after night with hits like “Me Enamora,” “La Camisa Negra,” and “Fuego.” Tickets are $40 to $80.

Wolf Trap

Sat., July 28, 8:15 p.m.

National Symphony Orchestra: The Best of Wagner’s Ring

A quartet of internationally renowned Wolf Trap Opera alumni join with the NSO to perform memorable and exhilarating moments from Wagner’s epic “Ring Cycle.” Tickets are $25 to $60.

Wolf Trap

Sun., July 29, 8 p.m.


A musical phenomenon, Yanni is a rare artist whose music transcends geographical borders and touches people of all races and nations. Tickets are $35 to $85.

Wolf Trap

Tue., July 31, 10:30 a.m.

Semilla Cultural Bomba! Afro-Puerto Rican Music and Dance

Join Semilla Cultural for traditional Bomba and Plena music, and learn the history that shaped Puerto Rico’s rich musical culture. Tickets are $8; all ages welcome.

Wolf Trap



Through July 7

Other Life Forms

Roommates Ben and Jeff couldn’t be more different. Ben is a struggling journalist who can’t get anything to go his way. Jeff is a successful researcher who glides through life with little resistance. At Jeff’s insistence, they both give online dating a try. Ben meets Molly and the results are volatile, while Jeff meets Leslie and they make a connection. Over the course of the evening, a truth is revealed that sets in motion a series of hysterical and illuminating events. Tickets are $45.

Andrew Keegan Theatre

Through July 8

Lerner & Loewe’s Camelot

Amid mystical forests and grand castles, “Camelot” tells a strikingly familiar tale of a leader’s integrity, courage and empathy — a chronicle of the struggle for civilization and goodness in a world accustomed to violence and hate. Please call for ticket information.

Shakespeare Theatre Company

July 11 to Aug. 12

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

A wizard stuck in a land far away from home; a Scarecrow tied to a pole; a Tinman rusted in a forest; and a Lion afraid of his own shadow. Join Synetic Theater’s brand new adaptation of one of the most important cultural texts of the 20th century, L. Frank Baum's American masterpiece “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” Tickets start at $35.

Synetic Theater

July 13 to Aug. 19


From a Tony and Pulitzer Prize Award-winning creative team and adapted from the Oscar-nominated film, “Dave” tells the story of high school teacher (and presidential lookalike) Dave Kovic, who is hired by the Secret Service as a stand-in for the commander-in-chief. Tickets are $40 to $90.

Arena Stage

July 15 to 21

Gounod: Roméo et Juliette

Two young lovers decide to take fate into their own hands after feuding families, bad timing and fatal mistakes tear them apart. Gounod’s music soars in this French Romantic twist on Shakespeare’s most celebrated love story. Tickets are $36 to $92.

Wolf Trap

Through July 22

Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations

Don't miss this electrifying new musical about “the greatest R&B group of all time.” With their signature dance moves and harmonies, they rose to the top of the charts, and their moving story still resonates five decades later. Tickets are $59 to $159.

Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater

July 31 to Aug. 26

The Color Purple

With a soul-raising score of jazz, gospel, ragtime, and blues, this joyous American classic has conquered Broadway in an all-new “ravishingly reconceived production that is a glory to behold” (The New York Times). Tickets are $69 to $149.

Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater


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